NO OPT-OUT OPTION. POLICY CONTINUES UNTIL COVID LEVELS DROP.
OTHER BOCA RATON, DELRAY BEACH, PALM BEACH COUNTY CAMPS MAY ALSO MANDATE.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
UPDATED: Monday, June 6, 2022 at 12:27 p.m. with comment from JCC.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — As COVID continues to spread across Palm Beach County, the summer camps and programs of the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton are all requiring masks effective immediately.
“The safety of the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s (Levis JCC) members, program participants, guests, and staff remains our top priority. We continue to work with our Medical Advisory Team and rely on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) latest information and recommendations to guide our health and safety policies. We strive to offer wonderful programs and services in the safest way possible.
As you may be aware, at this time, Palm Beach County’s Covid-19 Community Level is HIGH. Because of the increased transmission rate, the Levis JCC will be adhering to the protocols for a HIGH/RED Level, per our Covid-19 Policy. This includes the following:
Masks will again be required for people ages 2 and up in all common areas (those who are exercising in the Fitness Center, Gymnasium, Group Exercise Studio, and Spin Studio may remove their masks during their workout). Staff and children ages 2+ who are currently attending any of our Mini-Camps will be required to wear masks while indoors.
Staff and children ages 2+ who will be attending our Levis JCC Marleen Forkas Summer Camps will be required to wear masks while indoors; when the community transmission rate reduces, we will adjust our policy, as noted in our complete camp policy here
HIGH/RED levels mean there is NO MASK OPT-OUT option available; this is to protect our youngest participants, and to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
While we are disappointed that we need to revert back to stricter protocols, we are truly hopeful that our community will return to LOW/GREEN levels quickly. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will adjust our protocols again.”
Several parents reaching out to BocaNewsNow.com are complaining about the protocols, but notably only a very small fraction of the number of complaints received from parents last year at this time when mask policies were being enforced.
BocaNewsNow.com has learned that several other area camps are considering similar mask mandates when they open over the next several days or weeks. BocaNewsNow.com has also learned that several overnight camps in the mid-Atlantic and northeast — popular with South Florida families — are already canceling visiting day for the 2022 summer as a way to mitigate the possible introduction and spread of COVID-19. Most overnight camps are requiring multiple negative COVID tests before campers are allowed to board buses or planes to travel to camp. The multiple test requirement, at least in theory, is considered a way to avoid a need for mask mandates at overnight camps.
The JCC issued this statement to us around noon on Monday:
STATEMENT FROM JCC ON MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2022:
We appreciate BocaNewsNow highlighting the Levis JCC’s continuing efforts to do all we can to keep our members, guests, and program participants safe and healthy. While we never imagined we’d be thinking about masks again this summer, it is in fact an issue due to the high levels of Covid-19 in our community at this time. Our policy follows guidance from the CDC and from our Medical Advisory Team. The policy, which is not new, adjusts per the levels of community transmission (low/green, medium/yellow, high/red).
“Let’s be honest. No one likes wearing masks,” said Marty Haberer, CEO of the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center. “We hope that levels of Covid-19 in our community will decrease quickly; when levels go down, our masks will come down too. Until that time, we’re hoping that our Camp families understand that this is the best way we have to ensure as safe as possible a summer for hundreds of children, as well as our staff. We take great pride in the successful way we have managed this pandemic as an organization to date. We had a wonderful and safe summer in 2021, a successful school year at our Levis JCC Betty & Marvin Zale Early Childhood Learning Center, and we fully expect that by continuing to follow what we know works for our organization, we will have a fantastic summer 2022.”
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